by Elizabeth Sponaugle

The Willis Tower has a “ghost floor”, a glass floor 103 floors off the ground. Image Courtesy of Megan Mckeen.

Every year, Stuart’s music department enjoys a spring trip to explore the different sites and musical allure of a city. After months of preparation, on Wed. Apr. 19, the JEB Stuart band, chorus, and orchestra departed for Chicago, Illinois. Once there, the music department spent the weekend visiting the city’s most popular attractions and working at clinics with some of the cities professional musicians.

The group arrived early Thursday morning in downtown Chicago and went sight-seeing along the “magnificent mile” which features a number of stores, museums, and art institutes. They also took a boat tour along the Chicago river, which showcased the city’s skyline and architectural attractions. Later, the music department traveled to Wrigley Field to visit the home of World Series Champion Chicago Cubs. Friday, the group visited the Shedd Aquarium, toured Willis Tower & Skydeck, and visited the Lincoln Park Zoo. Willis Tower was a favorite of many of the students, it features a clear glass sky deck 103 floors off the ground. That evening, they enjoyed a night performance of “Jazz at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with Charles Lloyd”. Saturday morning, each branch of the music department visited Chicago Symphony Hall to work with Orchestra’s clinicians and musicians and perform a piece. Freshman violinist, Megan Mckeen, said, “The trip was great. My favorite part was the Willis Tower and the Sky Deck, it was a stellar experience.”

The music department visited some of the cities most famous architecture. This is Cloud Gate, the famous public sculpture. Courtesy of Rachel Lenard.